Good morning, and happy Tuesday. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. Tornadoes devastate South as threat continues
A storm system that spawned more tornadoes Monday killed at least 27 people across the South, hitting Alabama and Mississippi the hardest. But it isn’t over yet. Meteorologists warn that there could be a repeat performance today, as the storm appears so slow moving it’s “almost stationary.” The frightening storm also brought stories of heroism and survival. Read more in NEWS.
2. NBA to make decision in Sterling scandal
The fate of Clippers owner Donald Sterling will be decided today when NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announces how the league plans to punish him. An audio conversation was leaked by TMZ allegedly of Sterling making racist comments. Silver said they were moving quickly to determine whether the tape is authentic. Meanwhile, critics have called for Sterling to be suspended indefinitely. Read more at NBC SPORTS.
3. More sanctions against Russia as violence swells
Men dressed in military fatigues and wielding bats begun attacking demonstrators in a pro-Ukraine rally in the country’s east on Monday. It’s part of the latest violence gripping the country as the U.S. and the European Union impose new sanctions against Russia — accused of stoking the uprisings among pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. Russia, however, continues to amass troops along the border. Read more in NEWS.
4. South Korean president sorry for ferry response
President Park Geun-hye apologized today for the country’s initial response to the sinking Sewol ferry, in which more than 200 died. “I am at a loss for words for an apology that can be enough to console the pain and suffering,” Park said after attending a memorial service for the high school students trapped on the doomed ship. The search for bodies will continue for at least another week, officials said, before the salvage operation to lift the ship begins. Read more in NEWS.
NBC News' Bill Neely has reported continuosly on the tragedy from South Korea:
5. Aerial search over in missing airliner hunt
After Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished from radar March 8, officials have found no sign of wreckage or of the definitive location of the plane’s black boxes in the southern Indian Ocean. On Monday, the aerial hunt was called off, and Australian officials said they are expanding the underwater search to an area that could take at least eight months to explore. Read more in NEWS.
6. Search operations end for mudslide victims
Forty-one of the 43 victims killed in a March 22 landslide were recovered during a tireless search in the small community of Oso, Wash. But authorities on Monday called off the operation for the remaining two bodies. “This has been a difficult decision because I know that [their] families are looking for closure,” said Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary. Read more in NEWS.
… What’s tending today?
Yankees fans thought they were giving a Bronx jeer to a cutout of former Yankee Robinson Cano. But the joke was on them, when Cano, who made his debut with the Seattle Mariners this season, jumped out from behind the cardboard.
The stunned hecklers quickly changed their tune with the second baseman standing before them — part of a stunt that aired on Monday night’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
With the Mariners playing the Yankees at Yankee Stadium today, Cano will have to endure much of the same.